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Yogi Bear Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Not as smart as the average bear. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Yogi Bear is a big boo-boo.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Yogi is still smarter than the average bear, but Yogi Bear is much less smart than most of the year's kid-friendly cartoons.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    There's nothing particularly inventive in the plot or grade-school humor, but the movie skates by on the timeless, undemanding charm of watching a tie-wearing bear try to steal people's lunches.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Dumber-than-average family comedy won't even impress kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this broad comedy based on the Yogi Bear cartoons is age-appropriate for most elementary schoolers. There are some cartoonish, slapstick disasters (people falling, pies hitting Yogi in the face, people evacuating a campsite after fireworks start flying everywhere, etc.), and some insults (such as "stupid" and "loser"), but other than that, things are pretty tame. One couple does flirt and eventually shares a brief kiss, but there's no overt sexuality. The consumerism is also surprisingly mild, with only a few cars as product placements. Amid the silly humor, kids may learn how valuable state and national parks are and why it's fun to explore the outdoors with your family. Note: The 3-D version of the movie makes some parts feel more immediate/lifelike, but it doesn't have the "scary" factor that other 3-D flicks do.

  • Families can talk about the movie's environmentally friendly message. What point is it making about parks? Do you agree?
  • Compare this movie to others based on cartoons. Which other cartoons do you think should be adapted for the big screen?
  • Was Ranger Jones actually ready to be named head ranger? What happens when you're allowed to do something you're not mature enough to do yet?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids will learn the importance of state parks.

  • message true2

    Messages: Positive messages include taking care of state parks and discovering the fun that can be had with your family and friends in the outdoors.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Ranger Smith and Rachel are both environmentally aware advocates for Jellystone Park, and even though they frequently make mistakes, Yogi and Boo Boo always have good intentions (except when they're stealing pies ...). Even Ranger Jones has a change of heart and realizes that the park is more important than his ambition to be head ranger.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish, slapsticky violence includes lots of messy picnic basket-nabbings, pratfalls, and minor crashes that are humorously disastrous but don't seem to really hurt (even though they should).

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some flirting between Ranger Smith and Rachel, as well as one kiss at the end. Yogi makes a silly comment about how Ranger Smith should court Rachel by fighting off potential suitors and then urinating on her to "mark her" as his.

  • language false1

    Language: Insults like "dumb," "stupid," "loser," "heck," and the like.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Product placements aren't frequent, but a few scenes show a Lincoln Town Car and a Jeep, as well as a Ford pick-up truck.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue